Time goes by until one day someone is checking their email. There is a person in your area who is in search of a cordless phone. They think "well, I'll be. We've got that old phone in the closet." A reply is emailed and said phone is left out on the porch to be retrieved after work.
They have forgotten, of course, why it was in the closet to begin with. So when it gets to
And the replacement to the replacement to the replacement phone? It is waiting for one more chance to see if we can get it to work. I mean, those theoretical freecycle users.